The Packet Sports Spotlight
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, January 10, 2013
GSA boys start the year with back-to-back wins
And having it happen at home makes it all the sweeter. At a January 8 meet against Hermon and MDI at George Stevens Academy, senior Alex Turanski achieved a goal sought by all wrestlers—100 match wins. He won all three of his matches and achieved his personal goal for the season. Coach Jerome Lawther had predicted Turanski’s achievement as the season began, stating “Turanski is guaranteed his 100th win…he may even have the chance to earn that honor at home.” Alex Turanski’s name will now grace the gymnasium wall, one of only three GSA wrestlers who have reached the 100 match milestone. In the photo above, Turanski controls his opponent from MDI on his way to his 100th victory.
by Anne Berleant
The GSA Eagles are on a streak, winning their last four games after a rough start to the season. They are now at 5-5 and ninth place in the Heal Point standings.
“We played a lot of games early on,” said coach Dwayne Carter, twice as many as other class C or D teams.
Couple that with the kind of streak no coach wants to see—players down with pneumonia, bronchitis and the flu—and the early losses make more sense.
“Yesterday [January 7] was the first day I had everyone at practice in a month,” Carter said.
The Eagles pulled out a tough win against Searsport on January 3. Down in the fourth, with 3:45 on the clock, senior Devon Coleman scored to bring GSA within one point, and the team scratched its way to a 66-64 victory. They followed this up with a 76-64 win over Narraguagus on January 5.
“Devon [Colelman] has been playing really well and kind of leading us,” Carter said. “And [sophomore] Kelsey Allen, as point guard, has become really comfortable on the court…It’s always a really good sign if your point guard is scoring points.”
The players “are starting to gel as a team,” Carter said, with younger members, like sophomore Sidney Beardsworth, gaining experience and stepping up to the challenge.
“It’s been a little tough; we had a lot of adversity,” said Carter, who sees a strong possibility of the Eagles making it to post season.
“We know our weaknesses—we’re trying to play better defense. Our defense has to improve to play better.”
The boys’ next home game is January 11, against Penobscot Valley; tip-off is at 7 p.m.
The Lady Eagles are not faring so well. After a narrow 41-39 loss to Deer Isle-Stonington, they are 2-7 for the season, placing them 14th in the Heal Point standings. They play at Searsport on January 10 and then are on practice only until a home game against Orono on January 21, with tip-off at 1:30 p.m.
Wrestlers notch wins at home and away
The GSA wrestling team hosted its second home meet on January 8, where senior Alex Turanski posted his 100th match win. This followed a solid showing by Turanksi and senior Jordan Lord at a January 2 home meet, where they won against MDI and Ellsworth.
The two seniors have been strong all season, with Lord routinely posting first and second place finishes and Turanski steadily closing in on the 100 match wrestling milestone.
The third veteran member, senior Tim Allen (225 lbs.) battled to a third-place finish at a Dexter tournament on December 22, but couldn’t pull out a win at home.
First-year wrestlers fill out the team roster, and at a January 5 tournament at Foxcroft, all wrestlers posted at least one win by pin.
“Our first year guys are doing pretty well,” said Coach Jerome Lawther. “For a first year guy to win a varsity match is a big thing…So I’m feeling pretty well about the season.”
Swim team looks to championship meets
The Eagles swam against Caribou in an exhibition match on January 4 at the Down East Family YMCA in Ellsworth, the team’s fourth meet of the season.
“The kids did real well,” said Coach Jim Goodman. “Their times are coming down.”
Goodman plans on sending eight girls, and possibly eight boys, to the relay races at the state championships on February 18 and 19 at the University of Maine at Orono.
“I have a group of swimmers who are working very hard to do the best they can at [those] meets.
“They practice. They’re getting used to swimming. They’re getting in better shape,” he said.